Crossfit members raise £18,000 in memory of family doctor

Calendar sales cheque presentation at Crossfit Clitheroe. (s)
Calendar sales cheque presentation at Crossfit Clitheroe. (s)

Monumental efforts by the Crossfit gym community in Clitheroe to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of their friend GP Dr Mick Barsby, have resulted in a cheque for more than £18,000 being sent to the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Mick (43) died in November from complications arising from his treatment for the disease.

Sales of the Crossfit Clitheroe Uncovered calendar, which was the idea of Mick’s wife Sue and her friends at the gym which she and Mick attended, raised the majority of the final amount along with sponsorship for gym related challenges.

Working with fellow gym members and local photographer Zoie Carter-Ingham, the friends put together the naked calendar featuring many of the Clitheroe members, along with stars from the Crossfit world including strongmen title holders Mark Felix and Rob Orlando and Sam Briggs, Crossfit’s Fittest Woman on Earth, who all gave their time free of charge.

Sue said: “We are just so delighted at how well the sales of the calendar went - we printed 1,500 and all of them have gone. In the beginning, I was worried about ordering 200 in case they didn’t sell, so the final amount is a wonderful testament to the support we have received from friends, family and from the whole town who have supported us by buying copies of the calendar.”

The cheque presentation was attended by many of the Crossfit community and Mick’s family, with son Christian (18) making a small speech on behalf of the Barsby family.

He said: “This is a bittersweet moment for our family. Without doubt, we would have loved for Dad to be standing here with us all – although he would probably be at the back of the room, not wanting to be the centre of attention.

“We know he would want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the making and selling of the calendar and would’ve been amazed, as we all are, at the amount of money we’ve raised.”

He continued: “My Dad never gave up hope, he never gave up on life and we hope more than anything this money will help give other people the chance of survival.”

Two friends of the Barsbys will take on the London Marathon in April in Mick’s memory, running for PCUK.

Crossfit member Lissa Pickles (39) and Mick’s former “Mad Dogs” football team mate and fellow GP Paul Fourie (45) will take on the 26-mile run, aiming to raise a further £5,000 for the charity between them.

Lissa said: “After attending Mick’s ‘Celebration of Life’ service, I came away so inspired and uplifted by what he had achieved and how highly thought of he was.

“I wanted to do something to raise awareness of this awful disease which claimed the life of such a wonderful family man.”

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